Richard Levinson

Biography: Richard Levinson was one of television’s most famous writers and producers. Along with his writing partner William Link, Levinson created some of TV’s most memorable detectives. Jessica Fletcher, Joe Mannix, and Lt. Columbo all sprang from their fertile imaginations.

The two began their collaborations as students at the University of Pennsylvania and continued in a partnership that lasted until Levinson's death in 1987. Link and Levinson were among the first writers to address major social issues in their writing, and they did so in ways that challenged audiences. They addressed homosexuality, fascism, equal rights and other topics that TV deemed taboo in the 1960s. In 1971, the duo achieved their greatest success with the premiere of Columbo. Starring Peter Falk (in a role that won him four Emmys), the series about a rumpled but brilliant detective became an American TV institution, and earned critical and audience acclaim. The pair earned similar success in 1984 with
Richard Levinson was one of television’s most famous writers and producers. Along with his writing partner William Link, Levinson created some of TV’s most memorable detectives. Jessica Fletcher, Joe Mannix, and Lt. Columbo all sprang from their fertile imaginations.

The two began their collaborations as students at the University of Pennsylvania and continued in a partnership that lasted until Levinson's death in 1987. Link and Levinson were among the first writers to address major social issues in their writing, and they did so in ways that challenged audiences. They addressed homosexuality, fascism, equal rights and other topics that TV deemed taboo in the 1960s.

In 1971, the duo achieved their greatest success with the premiere of Columbo. Starring Peter Falk (in a role that won him four Emmys), the series about a rumpled but brilliant detective became an American TV institution, and earned critical and audience acclaim. The pair earned similar success in 1984 with the premiere of Murder, She Wrote, the Angela Lansbury mystery series that ran for 12 successful seasons.

Levinson won Emmys, Golden Globes, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, and was nominated for a Tony. His death in 1987 from lung cancer cut short a career that entertained millions.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 12 Sep 21, 1995 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 11 Sep 25, 1994 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 10 Sep 12, 1993 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 9 Sep 20, 1992 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 8 Sep 15, 1991 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 7 Sep 16, 1990 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 9 Nov 25, 1989 Writer tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 6 Sep 24, 1989 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 8 Feb 6, 1989 Writer tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 5 Oct 23, 1988 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 4 Sep 20, 1987 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 3 Sep 28, 1986 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 2 Sep 29, 1985 Creator tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 Sep 30, 1984 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 9.3
tbd Columbo: Season 6 Oct 10, 1976 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 5 Sep 14, 1975 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 4 Sep 15, 1974 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 3 Sep 23, 1973 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 2 Sep 17, 1972 Creator tbd
tbd Columbo: Season 1 Feb 20, 1968 Writer / Based On A Character Created By / Executive Producer / Producer 8.6
tbd The Fugitive (1963): Season 3 Sep 14, 1965 Writer tbd
tbd The Fugitive (1963): Season 2 Sep 15, 1964 Writer tbd
tbd Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 7 Oct 10, 1961 Writer tbd
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 13 Sep 30, 1984 Creator tbd